Da’ BAND “IBADAN” – Toronto’s most exciting musical warriors

Toronto’s most exciting musical warriors dwell within the melodious confines of IBADAN. This “warrior camp” founded by bassist, Peter “Burna” Holung and keyboardist, Edwin Harrigan in 1994, is the site where dedicated members hone their skills to perfect the product, IBADAN; Reggae’s and R&B’s sweetest exponent from Toronto .

The IBADAN crew, an eclectic mix of music combatants from Jamaica, The British Virgin Islands (via Anguilla) and Canada, is easily identifiable by an insistent and “unique militancy” that punctuates every note they play. The result is an intoxicating and hypnotic mélange of the sweetest Reggae and Rhythm and Blues arrangement and vocals that never fails to pierce a path into the psyche and hearts of its targets.

Sharp, tight and extraordinarily professional, IBADAN fuses the techniques of Marley, Third World, Earth Wind & Fire, The Funk Brothers and even The Beatles.


From the worlds’ most famous drum and bass duo, Sly and Robbie, to The U.K.’s singing sensation, Bitty McLean; Reggae Ambassadors, Third World to heavyweight veterans Ken Booth, Leroy Sibbles, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Luciano and Tony Rebel; this gifted ensemble of musicians is Canada’s most favorite reggae band.

Fortified by the talent of its instrumentalists, – Peter, Edwin, Chris and Donnie – lead singer, D’Vocalz and the gorgeous and capable supporting vocalists, Rraine and Marcia; IBADAN is now a staple of almost every major festival and night spot in Toronto. Yet, there are bigger goals to accomplish and many more territories to conquer.

4th Annual Vintage Fest in NYC

JAMROCK Magazine proudly presents the 4th annual Vintage Fest at the world renowned Hammerstein Ballroom, Saturday Dec. 6th. The show stars classic reggae acts John Holt, Cocoa Tea, Leroy Sibbles, Sugar Minott, Carlton Livingston, Brigadier Jerry and U-Roy.  A classic line up for vintage Reggae lovers. Be ready to rock steady.

4th Annual Vintage Fest Poster

4th Annual Vintage Fest Poster

Returning to the Vintage Fest stage in high demand by the people, John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like Police in Helicopter, Stick by Me, and Ali Baba. In height the U.S. political season Cocoa Tea lent his voice in support of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with his song Barack Obama, now the sweet sounds of Cocoa Tea will hit the Hammerstein with the same zeal for his fans with songs like Rocker’s Island and Lost My Sonia. Legendary bassist and vocalist Leroy Sibbles is bound to sing signature Heptones tunes like Baby and Fattie, Fattie. Singer, songwriter, Sugar Minott has had countless hits and a timeless catalogue sure to please fans. Dancehall’s originator U-Roy, affectionately known as Daddy U-Roy, will play on his classic lyrical toasting for true dancehall fans with hits like Runaway Girl, Natty Rebel and Wake the Town For the first time on stage at Vintage Fest, dub singer Carlton Livingston and classic dancehall DJ Brigadier Jerry are bound to give the audience a performance not to be missed!

Set to transport New York City on December 6, 2008 into a time where some of the best musical memories lie, the 4th Annual Vintage Fest features the best in reggae and dancehall capturing the essence of the music’s innovators.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com and reggaefest.com. To purchase tickets by phone please call 212-307-7171 or 718-325-5555 respectively. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 8pm.